Livestock and Food Safety are Major Priorities in DC – Chelsea Render

It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since I’ve been working here in Washington, DC as a legislative fellow for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry (aka The Ag Committee).  It’s taken some time to remember all parts of the legislative process and familiarize myself with congressional documents, etc. The first week was incredibly hectic because we were preparing for the first Farm Bill hearings.  The first one was here in DC and the second was at our very own MSU!  Over 250 people attended the hearing in East Lansing, proving how important agriculture is to Michigan.  Way to represent! 

This is a picture of the Library of Congress, which seems fitting since that’s where I spend a lot of my time.  Well, the internet version of the LOC…  I’ve been given the broad topics of Livestock and Food Safety but found that there are very specific and hot-button issues to research and write about extensively (see FSF facebook thread).  Some of these are relevant to the Farm Bill while others are not.  Most of my efforts the first few weeks involved food safety and antibiotic use.  In my first week I was tasked with writing a decision memo for the Chairwoman.   A decision memo is essentially a document requesting an urgent decision, detailing the issue at hand and recommending specific action.  Such action can be a public statement or a formal letter to an organization or congressional body.

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